SITDEF 2019: Israel Shipyards presents coastal defense vessels and OPV
Israel Shipyards Ltd. and SK Group member, a leading shipbuilding and repair company for the naval and commercial marine markets – presents its advanced solutions for seaborne interdiction and prevention of terrorist and illegal activities for navies, law enforcement and HLS forces, at SIDEF 2019, defense exhibition in Lima, Peru.
SHALDAG Fast Patrol Craft. (Picture source Israel Shipyards)
Israel Shipyards will introduce coastal defense vessels for short- and long-distance protection, developed to prevent illegal activity and maritime terrorism, provide coastal protection for Naval forces, and protect territorial waters and EEZs. The company will present a range of vessels and combat-proven solutions, including SHALDAG Fast Patrol Craft and OPVs with a high level of maneuverability and capabilities. Among the solutions installed on these vessels are cutting-edge weapon systems as well as command and control, electro-optics, and night vision systems.
At SITDEF 2019, the company showcases one model of Fast Patrol Craft (FPC), the SHALDAG MK II. The FPCs are made of marine aluminum and driven by water jets, with a speed of above 45 knots even in rough seas. It provides outstanding maneuverability and minimal draft, enabling operation in shallow waters. The SHALDAG MK II is designed for coastal protection as well as for rivers.
"We welcome cooperation between Israel shipyards and Naval forces worldwide and in Latin American in particular", Says Mr. Eitan Zucker ISL's CEO: "The recent delivery of four SHALDAG - Fast Patrol Craft - to Argentina is a major milestone in our activities in the region, and we are looking forward to expand it furthermore"
Israel Shipyards OPV 62M Offshore Patrol Vessel (Picture source Israel Shipyards)
The company also showcases the most advanced and cost-effective OPV available. Designed mainly for coastal protection, drilling rigs, and offshore facilities, they have variety of remotely controlled and stabilized armament systems. With a hull made of steel and a superstructure of aluminum, the vessel sails at high speeds (above 32 knots). Weapon control stations and navigation systems are installed on the command bridge, enabling the commanding officer to have centralized control from the bridge. A helipad is also optional.
The new version is available with a modern bridge structure design.